Graphic Design (general) Archive:

To be honest, I get submitted so many crap info-posters, I almost didn’t catch this one. Lots of interesting content, and the animation is a nice aesthetic innovation (though probably not really necessary, of course).

Cheetah: Nature's Speed Machine, by Jacob O'Neal

In related news, the Washington DC Zoo has had a steady crop of adorable cheetah cubs the past few years. Click the link for some awww-some pictures.

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Awesome article in The Atlantic about the science and process that goes into Google’s maps and directions.

The maps you see represent the combination of many different sources of information. For example, the map below includes street signs captured by Street View cars driving around.

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If you didn’t know, you can add your own local knowledge to Google maps with their Map Maker:

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I can’t say I agree with a lot of these deconstructed icons, but it is a fun collection to look through.

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There’s an entertaining article over at LogoDesignLove about the history of the NASA logo.

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Nice work by Karyn Rossen. Though I think I would have taken this further. Maybe adding labels and saying “explained”, then an animated lego plane saying “too far”.

What is an infographic?

Ian Lurie provides an entertaining list of reasons why crap link-bait infographics aren’t really infographics at all.my infographic

An interactive online Hue test. It’s a little tedious to sort all the squares – but kind of challenging too. I got a 20, which apparently puts me in the top 25% or so.

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This has been making the rounds lately. I find it as interesting to look at the minimalist design inherent in modern logos as the ownership concentrations.

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Artist Gary Simpson created a series of frescos in 2006 based on global indicators from the CIA’s factbook. A bit stylized, to say the least, but I applaud the effort. Below are my favorites:

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A number of cool diagram designs from this UK designer. File them in your inspiration rolodex under “properly balanced color combinations”.  Thanks to Lisa Lisa for sending in the link!

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How dare they! Well, actually, it’s a fun exercise. Declared by Tufte to be one of the best statistical graphics ever drawn, Joseph Minard’s graph of Napoleon’s march on Russia is definitely a classic (a copy hangs in my bathroom).

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John Boykin recently took a crack at redesigning the classic, and goes into quite a bit of detail on his website about the choices he made:

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John links to a series of other re-creations and re-interpretations of Minard’s dataset, as collected by Michael Friendly:

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3D:

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I particularly like this googlemap version:

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And then there’s the executive summary version. Bwahahahahaha!

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(via JunkCharts)

I thought this was a good example of how to use graphics to clearly differentiate a list of similar items – in this case making a choice between 25 different software apps.

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